ASPEN, Colorado, August 6, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New Jersey governor Chris Christie has advised Mitt Romney to steer clear of a vice presidential pick that supports abortion.
Christie, a strongly pro-life GOP figure thought to be a possibility himself for Romney’s VP slot, told reporters after a meeting of GOP governors Wednesday evening in Colorado that he thought it was possible the candidate would pick a pro-choice running mate - but that it wouldn’t be a good idea.
“Do I think it’s possible? I think it’s possible,” said the governor, who has won notoriety for his own tough stance against state funding for Planned Parenthood, of a pro-abortion pick. “Do I think it’s likely? No. And do I think it’s advisable? No. I wouldn’t do it.”
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“If you’re voting for somebody at the top of the ticket who’s pro-life, and vice presidents often – not always, but often – wind up succeeding to leadership of the party, if not leadership of the country,” said Christie. “You know, people want some consistency in that regard.”
Although most names on Romney’s speculated list are pro-life, such as Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, some have guessed that the pro-choice former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be a viable option as well. However, Michael Falcone and Amy Walter of ABC News noted Monday that Rice was among the GOP leaders firmed up as a “headline speaker” for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and suggested that means Romney’s team has passed her by.
Pundits hope the long-awaited GOP running mate will be announced sometime this week.
Meanwhile, the presidential race has been increasingly colored by strife over social issues, a conflict heightened this month with the implementation of the HHS mandate forcing religious groups to provide birth control in employees’ insurance plan.
President Obama’s reelection campaign released a new television ad over the weekend attacking Romney for opposing abortion, showing women who describe his stance as extreme and antiquated.